The overcrowded Alabama prison is facing a major tuberculosis outbreak. It has been reported that the officials has diagnosed nine new cases of tuberculosis.
This is regarded as the largest outbreak in the State in the past five years.
This is because Alabama averages less than five reported cases of Tuberculosis every year.
The director of TB control, Mr Pam Barrett from the Department of Health, Alabama told that State prison’s has never reported TB cases in 2013. Mr Barrett also added, ”This is a very serious outbreak.”
Among the 9 persons affected, 8 are inmates of the same prison.
It has been reported that the prison which got affected, St.Clair Correctional Facility has stopped taking any fresh inmates. To avoid any transmission of this bacterial infection, the prison has also decided, not to transfer any inmates to other prisons.
Tuberculosis is an airborne disease, thus can be spread to anyone. According to WHO, TB accounts for second-most infectious disease which claims lives. It is just behind HIV/AIDS. WHO also mentioned that in 2012, over a million (1.3mn) deaths were reported because of TB.
The prison is located in Springville, Alabama.